Fig / Anjir
Don't you like fig which has many crunchy little edible seeds that give figs their unique texture?
Full of dietary fibres, figs helps to slow down the digestion and cuts your hunger.
Health and Nutrition Fact
Blood Pressure-Studies have shown that figs lower triglyceride levels. Also, their potassium content helps regulate blood pressure and hypertension.Dried figs contain high levels of phenol antioxidants, which help fight against the damage caused by free radicals.
Bones-The calcium in figs strengthens bones.
Iron content- If you're suffering from iron deficiency, figs are the way to go. They are excellent for building red blood cells, which help carry oxygen throughout the body.
Diabetic friendly- The natural sugars in figs make them an ideal snack for diabetics.
Good for Heart -The magnesium content in the fruit is good for cardiovascular health. They also contain omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that help prevent coronary heart diseases.
Control Cholesterol -Cholesterol levels can be kept in control by pectin, a soluble fibre found in figs.
Skin-Figs are great for skin too. Mash two ripened figs and apply the mix on your face for 15 minutes. This helps to reduce acne
Source of Calcium-Eating one half cup of figs has as much calcium as drinking one-half cup of milk.
- California grows many varieties of figs, but the two most common are the golden, slightly nutty-flavored Calimyrna and the dark purple, sweet Mission .
- California produces 100% of the nation’s dried figs and 98% of the fresh figs.
- The Spaniards introduced Mission Figs to the California territory in the early 16th century.
- The priests at Mission San Diego originally planted figs in California in 1769. This is how the dark purple fig became known as “ Mission .”
- Many believe it was figs that were actually the fruit in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve, not apples.
- The early Olympic athletes used figs as a training food. Figs were also presented as laurels to the winners, becoming the first Olympic “medal.”
- In Roman times figs were considered to be restorative. They were believed to increase the strength of young people, to maintain the elderly in better health and to make them look younger with fewer wrinkles. –Pliny (52-113 AD).
- Figs made their first commercial product appearance with the 1892 introduction of Fig Newtons® cookies.
- The fig tree is a symbol of abundance, fertility and sweetness.